Eighth Army - An Operational Field Army Headquarters

Thursday April 26, 2012

What is it?

Eighth Army returned to its Korean War roots as a Field Army headquarters this January. The top U.S. Army formation in South Korea is now capable of commanding multiple American and multi-national corps-level combat formations in a joint and combined fight.

What has the Army done?

On Jan. 23, 2012, Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued general order 2012-02 designating Eighth Army as the operational-level Field Army Headquarters that exercises operational control for U.S. Army forces on the Korean Peninsula. Eighth Army previously served as the U.S. Army Service Component Command in Korea. That responsibility has now shifted to U.S. Army Pacific to enable Eighth Army to focus on its new Field Army mission.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

As a part of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance, Eighth Army continues to hone its combat readiness to deter aggression against South Korea and maintain security in Northeast Asia.

Why is it important to the Army?

From repelling the communist invasion during the Korean War to providing security on the Korean Peninsula ever since, the U.S. Army has served with distinction in Korea for 61 years. This transformation to a Field Army headquarters increases Eighth Army's contribution to the ROK-U.S. Alliance and helps the alliance to maintain security on the Korean Peninsula and stability in the Northeast Asia region.


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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Eighth Army has returned to its operational roots here in Korea, and this is a sign of our enduring commitment to our steadfast ally, the Republic of Korea. Our daily focus is on deterring aggression and if necessary, decisively defeating any threat against the Republic of Korea."

- Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commanding general, Eighth Army

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